A group of Longview Public Schools’ fourth graders returned to their classrooms this fall with enhanced reading and writing skills after taking part in an out-of-this-world summer reading program.
Working with district teachers for 15 days in July, the camp’s 115 participants increased their average phonics and writing scores by 23 percent and 37 percent, respectively.
“We were very pleased with our students’ progress, especially given the short timeframe,” said Mary Carr-Wilt, LPS’s Title I director. “The enthusiasm our teachers brought to the program really kept these students engaged and got them excited to read.”
Developing student literacy is a top priority for LPS. The outer-space-themed camp was offered to students who had received low scores on state-mandated tests at the end of third grade.